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Sarah Kane: A Candid and Daring Playwright

Jun 13, 2019

The year is 1995. The Royal Court Theatre in London is all set up for a production written by a debuting playwright. The British audiences, always excited to see grand productions from their favorite theaters, have just settled in their seats. Lights are turned off, and the curtains finally open. No one in the theater knows exactly what to expect, but apparently, Blasted by Sarah Kane is not what they’re prepared for. A series of physical violence, sexual harassment—and even cannibalism—Blasted is a play that presented sex and war in its most raw and most natural form. It was described by the British press as “disgusting,” “scandalizing,” and “nightmarish,” but that didn’t stop Sa......

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The Scribe of Stage and Screen: Tom Stoppard

Jun 07, 2019

“We are tied down to a language which makes up in obscurity what it lacks in style,” so says the Player in Tom Stoppard’s renowned play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Uninhibited by circumstance and convention, Stoppard, an immigrant playwright, breaks free from this line as he pens well-reputed works that showcase not only his mastery of the English language but also his eccentric manipulation of both fiction and canon to create timeless narratives for both the stage and the screen. Stoppard was born Tomáš Straussler in 1937 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia, where he and his Jewish family experienced the ravages of World War II, during which all four of his grandparents perished i......

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Wartime and Wilderness in the West: Ernest Hemingway

May 16, 2019

As a man disillusioned by the ravages of war and lost love, Ernest Hemingway penned male-centric fictional works that spoke brusquely of the unpredictable American psyche and, as a result, has been considered a notable trailblazer in 20th-century naturalist literature in the United States. Born on July 21, 1899, in Cicero, Illinois, Hemingway was raised conservatively in the suburbs yet enjoyed frequent vacations with his family at their cabin in Northern Michigan, where he became skilled in such outdoor activities as hunting and fishing. In high school, Hemingway was highly active as a writer in the school newspaper, Trapeze and Tabula, and his early experience as a journalist ca......

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The One Who Writes and Dreams: Laini Taylor

May 09, 2019

Laini Taylor spins tales of strange lands, forbidden romances, and hope as the everlasting game changer for young adult readers. As a recent favorite in the genre of YA literature, she lives the fantasy she creates for her audience, whether young or old, and has fun doing it. Taylor was born on December 11, 1971, in Chico, California. She is a self-proclaimed “navy brat,” having moved along with her family during her childhood to several states and countries, such as Hawaii, Virginia, California, Italy, and Belgium. She graduated from Fountain Valley High School in Orange County in 1989 and from UC Berkeley in 1994 with an English degree. She also took three semesters at the Calif......

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From Behind a Mask: Jacqueline Carey

May 02, 2019

With themes ranging from celestial origins to court intrigue, Jacqueline Carey’s stories of high fancy and historical fantasy would bedazzle any reader and leave them wanting for more. She is adept at weaving worlds tinged with romance, religion, espionage, and war, as well as creating strong yet tormented characters who defy their own fates. Carey was born on October 9, 1964, in Highland Park, Illinois. She graduated from Lake Forest College in 1986 with BA degrees in psychology and English literature. Her love for writing fiction began when she spent six months working at a London bookstore during her college years. When she returned to the United States, she started her writin......

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Gillian Flynn: Beating the Norm

Apr 25, 2019

Female protagonists such as Katniss Everdeen, Bella Swan, Nancy Drew, and Anastasia Steele, to name a few, have made a name for themselves in literature. Long gone are the days when only male protagonists are celebrated in the books that we find on our bookshelves. Heroines are no longer sidekicks or simple female versions of their male counterparts, but instead, they have their own backstory and developing characterization that set them apart. But who said heroines need only be badass and compassionate female protagonists? Sometimes, they can be dark, they can be cruel, and they can be bloodthirsty. Now, if we’re talking about writing ferocious and savage women characters, then a......

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Patrick Canning: On Escapist Entertainment

Apr 18, 2019

Patrick Canning, avid writer and coffee drinker, shared with us his very realistic writing process, his favorite Palahniuk advice, and his exciting new book, The Colonel and the Bee. Canning was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Illinois. He shared that writing was just something he wanted to try. Eventually, he got the hang of what he calls the alchemy of writing: turning coffee into words. His writing process is very loose, assembling ideas until they become large enough to be turned into a first draft. Then write said draft. Read, cry, rewrite, cry less, repeat. Since he started writing professionally, he has published two books. The first is an anthology called Five Fantastic......

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Joe Hill: Stories over the Storyteller

Apr 11, 2019

There are times when we don’t really choose the path that we want to take; sometimes, it chooses us instead—as if there’s some invisible force that keeps pulling us, whether we want it or not. That, it seems, is how writing was for the best-selling American author Joe Hill. Joe Hill is the son of famous and celebrated novelists Stephen King and Tabitha King, a fact that he hid from everyone the moment he started to publish his works. Living with an entire family of writers, Hill could still have chosen any other career path, but it just can’t be denied that the talent for writing runs in the family. His siblings, Naomi King and Owen King, also showed keen interest and exceptional......

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